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Psychobiography: Understanding concepts, steps, and procedures in the study of lives
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CitationBulut, S. ve Usman A. C. (2021). Psychobiography: Understanding concepts, steps, and procedures in the study of lives. Problems of Psychology in the 21st Century, 15(1), 7-17.
Psychobiography: Understanding concepts, steps, and procedures in the study of lives The process of applying psychological theories to examine the biographical and autobiographical data of famous individuals is what is termed “psychobiography”. Since its inception in the early sixteenth century, this qualitative type of research method has had a fairly storied history in the Western world. This study provides a clear picture of psychobiographical research by defining terms and phrases that are used in relation to psychobiographical research. It also covered its historical antecedent and steps and procedures that are necessary for undertaking psychobiographical research. The steps presented here stemmed from a broad phase in qualitative research and analysis. In practice, however, psychobiographies do not always adhere to systematic formats, but some key decisions and guidelines must be followed in order to ensure the trustworthiness of the study’s findings. Thus, the research mainly aims at introducing psychobiography, and life history research to the reader.